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President - Alizon Frazier

Secretary-Treasurer - Amy Ogden

Communications - Janine Larmon Peterson

Programming - Sara Ritchey

Nominations - Jennifer N. Brown

Historian - Sherry L. Reames

Welcome to the web site of the Hagiography Society.

The Hagiography Society was founded in North America in 1990 to promote communication among scholars in various disciplines whose research involves the study of early Christian or medieval saints' legends. By December 1995 our mailing list had grown to include nearly 500 scholars, over 100 of them from Europe and the U.K. and most of the rest from the U.S. and Canada. We include saints' cults from Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages through early modernity and we welcome scholars of other traditions besides Western Christianity.

Each year the Society publishes two or three issues of its newsletter, plus an annual directory of researchers in hagiography and related fields, which includes bibliographical information on recent publications and a list of works in progress as well as the researchers' contact information. Besides issuing these publications, the Society holds an annual business meeting and organizes three or four paper sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, each May.

On the other side of the Atlantic, we sponsored multiple sessions at the International Medieval Congresses at the University of Leeds in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011, and 2012; held a small international symposium of our own in England in July 1998; and co-sponsored other symposa with the Dutch society of hagiographers in Groningen in July 2000, with the Medieval Studies Department of the Central European University in Budapest in June 2004, with the Croatian Hagiography Society, Hagiotheca, in Porec in 2010, and with the Associazione Italiana per lo Studio dei Santi, dei Culti e dell'Agiografia in Verona in October 2010. We hope to find additional ways of working cooperatively with our colleagues and fellow societies in the U.K., Europe, and elsewhere in the world.